Pioli opts to stay at Bologna
Bologna head coach Stefano Pioli has committed his future to the
Stadio Renato Dall’Ara before the managerial merry-go-round spins
into life at the end of the Serie A season.
An impressive revival in the second half of the Rossoblu
campaign saw Pioli’s men pull well clear of the bottom three with a
top-10 finish a faint possibility should other results accompany
three points at Genoa.
The Parmesan tactician has been linked with the expected
vacancies at Napoli and Roma but, after leading Bologna to victory
over Emilian rivals Parma, he quickly reaffirmed his commitment to
his current club.
He told La Repubblica: “There are no ifs or buts… I’m staying
“I know that a lot of people leave their answers hanging at this
point in the season but I’ve already decided. I’m definitely
staying at Bologna. That’s my choice.
“I feel satisfied, gratified and held in high esteem here and
this project is yet to really get off the ground. There are no ifs
or buts, I’m staying.”
With defenders Nicolo Cherubin, Mikael Antonsson and Roger
Carvalho, goalkeeper Gianluca Curci and midfielder Lazaros
Christodoulopoulos unavailable through injury, Pioli could hand
more game time to second-string players including stopper Dejan
Stojanovic, who impressed in Parma.
“It was an important win for the lads and I’m happy for them,”
Pioli added. “There were several guys out there that haven’t played
much this season and I have to thank them too.”
Sunday’s game might have been a last-ditch battle to survive for
Genoa had the remaining relegation issues not been decided last
A point from the Grifone’s goalless draw against Inter Milan
confirmed both Siena and Palermo’s fate, allowing president Enrico
Preziosi extra time to consider the future of coach Davide
In what would be a bizarre twist, the toy wholesaler could turn
to Luigi Del Neri, who was sacked in January after losing nine of
his 13 games in charge.
He told the Corriere dello Sport: “Ballardini does not have a
contract with us, Del Neri does. And Del Neri is a good coach.
“I can’t deny that I’m thinking about him, because he is great
when working with teams from the very beginning of the season.”
Midfielders Marco Rossi, Cristobal Jorquera and Ruben Olivera
join defenders Cesare Bovo and Damiano Ferronetti on the treatment